Cheese of Choice Coalition Fighting to Protect Raw Milk Cheese Again

In 2010, Oldways Preservation and Trust joined forces with the American Cheese Society, the Cheese Importers Association of America and Whole Foods to create the Cheese of Choice Coalition in order to fight against the FDA as it considered changing the 60-day aging rule for raw milk cheese.

In August, the FDA began to again reexamine cheese guidelines, including the aging of cheese on wooden boards and allowances for nontoxigenic E. coli that have barred the import of Roquefort, Morbier, Tomme de Savoie and St. Nectaire until producers can meet the new, stricter standard.

In response, the Cheese of Choice Coalition has come together again to launch a website that aims to be a comprehensive, educational resource about cheese, including information on regulations and a cheese database for retailers and consumers.

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Australian Reporter Details Experience Drinking Camel Milk for One Month

PJ Madam, a reporter for Australian news program Sunday Night, drank unpasteurized camel milk for one month and detailed her experience on Yahoo!: “This is a story about camels, their milk, and my bowel moments” she starts.

PJ writes that although she has repeatedly tested negative to allergies, she has experienced “…cramps, sharp pain, bloating followed by bathroom dramas” for the past 10 years.

“It’s humiliating and frustrating,” she writes, and it was enough to convince her to see if camel milk could help alleviate her symptoms. The sale of raw milk is illegal in Australia but she was able to find the country’s only dairy farmer from whom she bought bottles plastered with ‘not fit for human consumption’ labels, making it her choice whether to drink it or not.

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After personally seeing how clean the farm is and speaking with the farmer about how he tests his milk for dangerous bacteria every day, she decided to experiment with drinking one glass of raw camel milk for breakfast every day for one month. She writes: “After a month, my stomach symptoms didn’t stop entirely, but they weren’t as severe. Very little cramping, and the bloating disappeared.” Plus, she almost instantly saw a flat stomach: “It was as if I’d been secretly doing up to 300 sit-ups a day and overnight I’d gained a washboard effect.”

Her personal experience seems to fit with the experiences of those she interviewed prior to her experiment, all of whom shared stories of the health benefits of camel milk to treat their Common Variable Immune Deficiency or children’s asthma or autism.

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Could Dairy Farms Aid in Prison Reform?

An article on Huffington Post posits that dairy farms could replace prisons as sources of employment in rural areas around the United States.

In New York, for example, 90% of state prisons are located in rural areas. “No one who can help it wants a prison in their backyard. Yet in economically depressed areas, the jobs they promise are the difference between unemployment and a paycheck, pension, and health insurance,” the author points out.

Activist Lauren Melodia sees agriculture as an alternative to prisons. In 2010, she founded Milk Not Jails, an organization that aims to both revitalize rural economies and end an economic dependence on prisons. Though it seems like a lofty goal, the dairy industry might have the potential to achieve it – a 2014 report by Cornell professor Todd Schmit shows that for every dollar made from agricultural products in the state, another $0.43 is generated in additional economic activity.

The key to this is removing the biggest obstacle facing dairy farmers today: a federal pricing structure that prevents farmers from getting paid what they need to stay in business.

According to the author, “Legalizing the sale of raw milk would be one simple way to make that happen. Because dairy farmers don’t need to pasteurize raw milk, they would be able to sell it without expensive processing fees.”

Read more of the author’s proposed solutions as well as the challenges of this issue on the Huffington Post.

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WSJ Video: Raw Milk Vending Machines Gain Following in Europe

A Wall Street Journal video explores how vending machines that dispense raw milk have gained a following in the UK and other European countries, but critics question whether the machines keep the milk at cool enough temperatures.

One dairy farmer who sells 30 gallons of raw milk per day stands by the integrity of the vending machines. He believes that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should make responsible regulations about raw milk but points out that raw milk is “…safer than an awful lot of other foods that we eat.”

In England, raw milk vending machines are allowed only on farms, which many producers say defeat the purpose of such machines – which is to make raw milk more accessible to those not living in rural areas. In Ireland, raw milk vending machines have been banned by the Food Standards Agency; in Scotland, the sale of raw milk is banned altogether.

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Is This the Beginning of a Goat Milk Craze?

Goat milk soft-serve ice cream, dulce de leche, and gin fizz cocktails all made from goat’s milk are popping up in high-end grocery stores and on the menus of trendy restaurants…could this be the beginning of a goat’s milk craze?

Yahoo Beauty says goat’s milk isn’t just for cheese. While goat’s milk has been a go-to alternative for those with lactose intolerance for years, “…it’s becoming a bigger phenomenon as people without those issues are increasingly curious about its health benefits – and its cool, culinary uses.”

Some point to Mediterranean cultures like Greece, where people on average live the longest, as proof of goat’s milk health benefits: the majority of people on the tiny Greek island of Ikaria drink a glass of goat’s milk with most meals.

One dairy owner believes goat’s milk is starting to catch on in the US in part because of Millennials and word-of-mouth marketing: “Our sales show that the younger generation is more adventurous and open to trying other types of dairy. A few people try it, realize that it’s delicious and easier to digest, and by word-of-mouth

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Raw Milk Producers Experiencing Difficulties Obtaining Liability Insurance

Many raw milk producers in states including Wisconsin, Washington, and Missouri are experiencing difficulties obtaining liability insurance from their insurers.

According to Food Safety News, in 2012, “…the Farm Bureau-owned Rural Mutual Insurance Co. sent out notices about all Wisconsin farm policies it covers specifically advising policy holders that their coverage does not provide for ‘the sale and/or distribution for offsite consumption of unpasteurized (commonly called raw) milk from cows, sheep and goats for human consumption.”

“Because of the press that raw milk gets, it is definitely on the radar of insurance companies, and I have heard some carriers are not willing to provide coverage for those selling it,” explains Tami Griffin, deputy national director for Aon’s Food Systems, Agribusiness & Beverage Group.

As a result, some raw milk producers are being forced to look for other insurance companies or consider leasing their animals. See After $75K Investment Raw Milk Dairy Unable to Get Insurance.

“Such is the life of farming,” the Seattle Times quotes the Seattle-area producer as saying. “You never know whether it’s going to be Mother Nature or some new regulation…it’s a very risky business.”

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Food Freedom Cases Appeal to Wisconsin Supreme Court

Three separate cases revolving around raw milk and food freedom rights have appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. These 3 food freedom cases are each separate. The Vernon Hershberger petition was filed in August 2014 while the Ziniker petition and Grassway petition were filed in October 2014.

On the FoodFreedomUSA site Ziniker plaintiff Gayle Loiselle explains, “The Wisconsin appellate court refused to rule on the question before them on the constitutionality of food rights, and instead deflected the issue to license violations. The plaintiffs in all three cases, and thousands more seeking fresh food directly from the farm claim they do have a fundamental constitutional right to choose with they eat, and to choose where that food comes from. They also say it’s a constitutional right to conduct business directly between farmers and citizens without government interference, and without a middleman, such as food processors or distributors.”

Wisconsin currently prohibits the retail sale of raw milk and none of the previous rulings on the three cases resulted “…in the court offering any opinion on whether there is a right to purchase and drink unpasteurized milk in Wisconsin.” Raw milk advocates are hoping the State Supreme Court’s rulings will set precedence for this.

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European Study Shows Connection Between Consumption of Raw Milk and Lower Infections in Children

Raw milk opponents and doctors strongly warn against the consumption of unpasteurized milk for infants, children and pregnant women, arguing that these individuals are more susceptible to illnesses that raw milk could cause. However, a new study that took place across Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland shows a connection between the consumption of raw milk and lowered rates of colds and infections among children. This study clearly relates Raw milk and lower infections in children.

The study, detailed in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, aimed to assess the effects of consumption of raw vs. boiled vs. industrially processed milks on common infections (including coughing, runny nose, fever, ear infection or diarrhea) in babies’ first year of life.

Women from rural areas (about half of the women lived and worked on livestock farms) were recruited during their third trimester of pregnancy and detailed their children’s consumption and lifestyle changes in weekly diaries. A total of 983 children completed the study.

“The main finding of this analysis was an inverse association between consumption of unprocessed cow’s milk and rhinitis [cold or runny nose], RTI [respiratory tract infections], and otitis [ear infection]. The effect was strongest when cow’s milk was consumed raw; boiled farm milk exhibited an attenuated effect.”

This study shows that “…we are now not talking about asthma and allergies, but fever and infections in young children. It means there is additional new evidence that raw milk is a protective agent in infectious diseases in young children,” says Prof. Dr. Ton Baars, a senior scientist for milk quality and animal welfare at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture in Germany.

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November 10th Raw Milk Symposium Available via Live Stream

Those who didn’t score a ticket to the Weston A. Price’s Raw Milk Symposium can watch the event via live stream when it takes place on Monday, November 10. This annual event brings together raw milk experts and advocates to discuss how to safely produce raw milk products, share legal updates and explore other issues relating to raw milk.

This year, speakers include Mark McAfee, owner of the largest raw milk dairy in California and chairman of the Raw Milk Institute; Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund; and Sally Fallon Morell, founder of A Campaign for Real Milk.

The Raw Milk Symposium Live Stream will be streaming live on November 10, 2014 from 9:15am-4:00pm EST, and will be available any time afterwards.

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Raw Milk Taste Test: Does Raw Milk Really Taste Better Than Pasteurized Milk?

Many raw milk drinkers rave about the quality of it, praising its creamy texture and fresh taste. One curious Indiana man decided he would see what all the hype is about – by challenging a local dairyman to a blind taste comparing commercial milk and raw milk in a raw milk taste test.

By his own admission, he wondered how much conditioning (that he wasn’t used to raw milk) would hurt his impression of raw milk. He found that, in his personal opinion, he could not tell much of a difference in taste between pasteurized and unpasteurized milk. He could tell a difference in texture – but found raw milk to be thinner, not creamier, than the commercial milk.

So it seems that everyone has different opinions on the taste and texture of the two, and “…the best case for raw milk, then, may be rooted in the idea of consumer choice.”

Read more about the blind raw milk taste test Putting Raw Milk to the Test and whether a “raw milk renaissance” might be on the horizon.

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